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May 10, 2019

What to do in Duck, North Carolina

Check out my experience and list of What to do in Duck, North Carolina

It wasn’t until my eyes began to twitch that I realized my stress was manifesting itself in a physical way. It was that moment  that I knew I needed a break. I needed a mom vacation.

I grabbed a friend and we headed to Outer Banks for a relaxing weekend filled with everything we liked aside from the trip to urgent care. I will explain that later.

We were hosted at the Sanderling Resort in Duck, North Carolina. The rooms were “beachful” elegance and the location is gently nestled between the sound and the ocean. The property offers many amenities so you do not need to leave. You can enjoy the pool, spa, hot tub, water sports, biking or reading a book on one of the many lovely decks complete with rocking chairs.

On the premise the Sanderling resort features a charming dining establishment. The Caffey’s Inlet Life Saving Station No. 5 resort guests and visitors for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant asks that you refrain from wearing bathing suits with covers. I suggest you take the opportunity to get a little dressed up. You can sit by the fire and warm up as the coastal breeze increases your appetite.


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Calling ALL Service Members Past and Present

Every day in America we call on our heroes to serve and protect. They answer.

Now it is our turn to find businesses that support the men and women who serve and served our country. It is a call that I answer. I wasn’t brave enough to join the military or become a first responder, but I was smart enough to marry a naval officer.

It was his commitment to our country that motivated me to look for companies that care. That is why when My AF Mobile asked me to share their service. I picked up and didn’t force them to voicemail.

You see we all take a stance when we pick the products and services we use. I stand with the people who take care of us.

I believe that my money should not only be spent helping my family have a better life. I think that when that same dollar I spend can also be used to help people, then I answer that call.

I know money is tight and sometimes we do not have extra to give to others, or we do not know how. We aren’t sure where to donate to the first responders or military veterans; that is why MY AF Mobile is your solution.

You receive the same excellent cell service at a competitive price and every month a portion of your bill is donated to their 501(c)(3) charity foundation. It helps distressed veterans overcome the challenges of returning to civilian life. The foundation is also an instrument in providing financial support, resources, and education for veterans.


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May 5, 2019

Things to Do in El Paso

What are the Fun Things to Do in El Paso Texas?

I had a great time and I fell in love with #ElPaso! Check out my list of Things to Do in El Paso #sponsored

El Paso means to pass through. What if passing through wasn’t that simple what if you couldn’t just pass through and remain unchanged when you left? That happened to me. I was on a press trip visiting El Paso. I thought it would just be another city in Texas. I was wrong.

Things to Do in El Paso

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Easy Entertaining Ideas for Spring and Summer

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were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by GreatGatherings.

Children are running, and there’s laughter all around. Fun conversation is shared while the table is overflowing with delectable treats. There are hands reaching and mom’s pointing, and dad’s laughing there are uncles and aunts, cousins and friends that we call family. There are flowers blooming and blue skies reaching as far as the eye can see. There are full hearts as we enjoy the weather, the food and the soak in the people we love. These are the memories that I think about when someone asks me about spring.

I want my kids to also grow up with unforgettable memories of time with our family and friends. I want them to have time to connect with our relatives and interact with them; that’s why I made it a tradition to host at least one family gathering during this season.

Spring and summer are the perfect seasons for entertaining family and friends. The weather is ideal for indoor or outdoor parties, and there are lots of fresh food to choose from. It is not important if the gathering is big or small, what’s important is you have the company of people that are close to you. It’s just the perfect time to disconnect from technology and connect with the people that matter. These gatherings are an opportunity to create a memorable experience that everyone will cherish.

To help you prepare for your gathering, here are some easy entertaining ideas for spring and summer

Get ready for fun gatherings with friends and family. Check out these easy entertaining ideas for spring and summer.

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GreatGatherings offers high-quality indoor game room and outdoor furniture selections and a lot more. They carry items from the industry’s leading brands such as Brown Jordan, Lloyd Flanders, Tommy Bahama, Tropitone, and more.

And since GreatGatherings was created to inspire friends and family to gather more often in their homes, they also carry books to how-to presentations on information and instruction on entertaining. You can even purchase an entire room collection, individual pieces, including the hottest party glassware, serveware, décor, and recipes themed to holidays and party events throughout their entire year. It’s truly your one-stop shop for all your entertaining needs.

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What do you need to know to keep your kids safe while swimming

The sun is out and my little one is on the run. She is usually on the run straight towards water. I have thought about taking her to swim lessons but I am strapped for time. My husband also taught people how to swim when he was in the Navy; so he wants to do it. I keep seeing articles on children drowning and most times drowning occurs while the parent is right there. My husband actually rescued a three year old when she was in the pool with her babysitter. She was very lucky that my husband knew CPR or she wouldn’t be alive. It only takes a couple of seconds to go from fun to an emergency.

I asked my friend Angel if she had some tips to help me keep my little angel safe.

What do you need to know to keep your kids safe while swimming

Ask A Swim Instructor: What do you need to know to keep your kids safe while swimming!

  1. Keep your eyes on your child at all times in and around water.
  2. Do not use floaties or rings to play with children in the water.This creates a false sense of security in an unskilled child.
  3. Utilize pool fences, alarms, etc. for barrier safety.
  4. ** Find an instructor in your area at Infant Swim to teach your child life-saving self-rescue skills by an ISR instructor. In case they fall in alone. “The sooner…the safer.”

Angel is an instructor for Infant Swim. Her website can be viewed here. I watched Angel on the news and I learned I need to teach my child how to float on her back. Then she should swim for the side. This little bit of information could be the difference in her surviving if she fell in the pool.  I say fall but what I mean is run full speed and jump into the pool when we are not around or not paying attention to her.

In addition to keeping an eye on your kids around the pool, it is just as important to protect them while they’re in the pool.

Here are some tips to help keep your family and friends safe at the pool this summer:

  • Did you know that more than 4.5 million people are treated for skin cancer every year? It’s important to start practicing proper sun protection at an early age – to protect skin now and prevent the damage from the sun’s UV rays that can build up over time.
    • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends sunscreens with broad-spectrum UV protection and SPF 15 or higher.
    • According to the American Association of Dermatologists, sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide or zinc oxide are safe to use on children six months and older.
    • The American Association of Dermatologists also suggests applying sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outside, and at least every two hours thereafter (more often if you’re in the water).
  • Swimming in unsanitized water can expose you and your kids to a variety of illnesses like diarrhea, swimmer’s ear and skin inflections. Chlorine is added to the water to kill germs and is one of the first lines of defense against germs that can make swimmers sick.
    • Both chlorinated pools AND salt-water pools require chlorine.
    • Test your pool’s water every day to help keep it safe. Use an at-home kit to regularly test the levels of chlorine in your pool to determine if it is being properly sanitized. Read more here about how to use your at-home testing kit.
    • A well-managed pool does not smell like chlorine and, if pool water irritates eyes, it may be a sign that there is not enough chlorine.

For more information about how these chemicals work to help keep our families safe, visit Chemical Safety Facts.

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